Every once in a while, I will use salt water to gargle with, just to keep everything all shined up in there. Okay, this morning, I had a big dose of warm salt water with a LOT of salt in it. I thought, maybe I could be doing something else while I let this soak for a while. So, I logged onto the computer, and was perusing the stuff thereon when I felt a sneeze coming on. I thought I stifled it, but I didn't. I sneezed, but I still had the salt water in my mouth! I clamped down my lips to keep from spewing salt water all over my freshly cleaned carpet, just for a moment envisioning sardines covered in Louisiana hot sauce exploding out of my mouth. Then, I somehow gulped down a BIG slug of salt water! I immediately realized that I could no longer breathe, and that I still had salt water in my mouth, and also had an irresistible urge to upchuck. I put my hand over my mouth and headed for the front bathroom and made it in time. After divesting myself of the salt water, every time I tried to breathe I made a sound like a seal in one of those little tanks at an oceanside curio shop. I simply could not draw air into my lungs, the salt had done something to close my air passages. I frantically thought what to do? I thought, I've got to do it quick whatever it is, so I turned on the sink water spout, and cupped my hands and got a big dose of cold water, and somehow forced myself to swallow it, then another, and another. I felt relief almost immediately and drew in a great breath! I still sounded like a seal, but I could breath. (a little bit) This went on for a couple of minutes. I was then coughing and strangling for another ten to fifteen minutes. When someone tells you that drinking salt water can kill you, they're not talking a slow death, it will probably kill you posthaste. My wife who had not yet gotten up and around while this was happening, casually walked in after I had just avoided death by asphyxiation, and asked why are you making a noise like a seal silly boy?